This Summer, we returned to Castle Pill Woods. For us, it is just a short walk from my mums house, but if you’re visiting Pembrokeshire you can follow these directions for a circular walk including Milford Marina, Castle Pill and Blackbridge.
It is a very pretty place and regular readers know that we visit here all through the year, even in the middle of Winter. The circular route also makes a great walk for my mum’s dog Toby. He doesn’t like to come down with us when we go for the day though as he tends to get bored once we stop walking! There are some wood sculptures and shelters in the woodlands too which make this a beautiful place to visit.
As all woodlands do, it looks very different each time we visit. Sadly the pond has been “dammed” as a tunnel has collapsed. This fish sculpture which used to leap happily from the pond water is now literally a fish out of water. The pond is now grass and weeds.
Above the tunnel used to be a path which we used to walk along to get to the second woodland shelter.
As this was Jo’s first walk to the woods post stroke, we deliberately travelled light. It was also lovely to no longer carry Izzy in a baby carrier or drag a buggy along the narrow paths as I did once before. However, this meant we didn’t light a fire or cook food. Izzy enjoyed pretending to make her own fire on the fire pit instead. She then helped a fairy and was rewarded with fairy dust. I would love to live in her imagination one day!
She also gifted me a fragile mushroom, for which I was very grateful of course.
Despite it not being the warmest of days, the kids had their shoes off straight away to paddle in the stream.
They also had fun playing on the rope swing. There were a few fallouts about turn taking on the swings (sigh) but eventually it was all sorted out and peace was restored (as much peace as possible with five kids playing anyway!).
There was also the usual nature and bug spotting. This impressive black beetle took a liking to Caitlyn. It crawled up her arm and looked like a very realistic, three dimensional tattoo on her upper arm at one point! Look at those grubby hands too! We did leave some mud in the woods, I promise.
Then it was time to walk home – always leave enough energy for this! We love to come down here and sit around a camp fire after dark, but I admit that even I had the heebie jeebies the night we walked back just after telling lots ot campfire ghost stories! It was pitch black and the torch light just didn’t seem to cut it. Thankfully, this time we walked back during daylight. I felt so proud of Jo, seeing her reach yet another goal.
We will definitely be back soon for a campfire and a bowl of soup!
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